Cal Fire Amador-El Dorado Unit to lift burn suspension |

Cal Fire Amador-El Dorado Unit to lift burn suspension

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. — A healthy dose of snow has helped to end burning restrictions.

The Cal Fire Amador-El Dorado Unit is lifting the burn suspension at 8 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 3, officials announced Wednesday.

Those possessing current and valid agriculture and residential burn permits can now resume burning on permissible days. Agriculture burns must be inspected by Cal Fire prior to burning until the end of the peak fire season. Inspections may be required for burns other than agriculture and can be verified by contacting the local Air Quality Management District.

The use of a burn barrel is illegal in Amador and El Dorado counties. For tips on residential landscape debris burning safety and other fire and life safety topics, visit the Cal Fire website at

To acquire a permit, applicants may access Watch the mandatory video which reviews burning requirements and safety tips, fill in the required fields, submit the form and a dooryard burn permit will be created. 

The applicant must then print and sign the permit. Permits are valid for the calendar year in which they are issued and must be reissued annually on or after Jan. 1 of each year. If an online permit is not an option and you reside in the Amador-El Dorado Unit service area, call 530-644-2345 for assistance. Due to social distancing guidelines, the agency asks not to attempt to obtain a permit in person.

Contact your local Air Quality Management District to determine what permit requirements or burning restrictions apply in your area and always call to ensure burn day status. For El dorado County, call 530-621-5897 and in South Lake Tahoe call 530-621-5842 or 888-332-2876

For alternatives to burning piles, contact the El Dorado County Fire Safe Council at for details on available programs.

Ensure that piles from landscape debris are no larger than 4 feet in diameter, have a 10 foot clearance to bare soil around the burn pile and that a responsible adult attends all times with a water source and a shovel.

For more information on how to protect your family, home and property, visit

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